Hewitt bounces fifth seed

DENIS POISSANT, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

WIMBLEDON -- Lleyton Hewitt turned back the clock yesterday.

The 2002 Wimbledon champion pulled off a huge upset, knocking off fifth-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

After launching a rocket serve on match point that Del Potro hit past the baseline, the 28-year-old Australian dropped to his knees, arms in the air, in celebration.

Then Hewitt saluted the noisy Australian fans who had camped out overnight to get tickets for the match at centre court.

"I love playing in London," a jubilant Hewitt said following the match. "For me, it's like a second home. I've played several great matches (here) in my career. It's been a long time since I beat a top-five player."

TROUBLE WITH SURFACE

Del Potro had a rough time, committing 24 unforced errors and looked uncomfortable on grass.

"The surface gave me some trouble," he said. "I've never gotten past the second round here. I have to improve my overall game on the grass to succeed."

Meanwhile, hometown favourite Andy Murray continued to serve up a storm yesterday and has yet to lose a set this year at Wimbledon. Murray beat 74th-ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

In women's doubles action, Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., and German partner Sabine Lisicki beat Estonia's Maret Ani and Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Elsewhere, defending women's champion Venus Williams sailed through her match, beating Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3, 6-2; top-ranked Dinara Safina beat Rossana De Los Rios 6-3, 7-5; and sixth seed Andy Roddick beat Russia's Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.


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